American Bar Association votes paws-up for TNR

August 22, 2017

In a decision that will have wide and positive implications for cats, the American Bar Assocation’s House of Delegates voted last week to support programs that sterilize and return unowned cats to the community. The resolution supports both government policies and legislation establishing and allowing trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNR or TNVR) and return-to-field (RTF) programs. In an […]

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Community cats and FIV/FeLV: To test or not to test?

August 15, 2017

Should animal shelters operating Return to Field and TNR programs test cats in those programs for FIV and FeLV?  The American Association of Feline Practitioners says no, and so does Tanya Hilgendorf, executive director of the Humane Society of the Huron Valley in Michigan. Here’s why. Recently a volunteer TNR trapper told me she has […]

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Doing TNR in hot weather? Try this tip!

August 10, 2017

The summer months can make trapping cats for a TNR program tough. Bryan Kortis, national programs director for Neighborhood Cats, has a tip to make it easier: One thing I would emphasize is trapping after dark, when it usually cools down at least a bit. To facilitate this, caretakers need to get the cats on […]

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ICYMI: Save more lives, save money, with the tips in this free webinar

August 3, 2017

In a recent free webinar, Maria Benham and Aimee Heinrich of the Dubuque Regional Humane Society shared how their shelter decreased cat euthanasia by 82 percent and increased the cat adoption rate by 40 percent — in just one year. Not only that, but by shortening length of stay, cat care costs were cut by […]

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Who will donate to put portals in your shelter’s cat housing? You’d be amazed!

July 27, 2017

Would you like to create portals in your shelter’s cat housing, but aren’t sure how to pay for it? The surprising answer is that your community will pay for it. In a recent webinar for the Million Cat Challenge, Karen Green of the Portland Cat Adoption Team (CAT) shared how her shelter realized that, although […]

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How to make great pet adoption videos (even when you think you can’t)

July 20, 2017

Video may have killed the radio star, but it can definitely save the shelter cat. In fact, video may be more effective than great photos and descriptions in helping pets find homes, particularly if they have perceived behavior problems. Unfortunately, many shelter staffers don’t think they have the skills and software to make good adoption […]

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